Pisgah active shooter post ‘absolutely false,’ sheriff says

PISGAH, Ala. - A threat prompted an increased law enforcement presence at Pisgah High School Monday morning, and an additional rumor on Facebook caused concern for parents.

Jackson County Sheriff Chuck Phillips says they got information that a ninth grade Pisgah High School student sent a picture to another student on social media. "Of a pistol or a firearm and on that same photograph he said 'do not come to school tomorrow,'" Phillips said, "We were able to identify who that was and he is in Coosa Valley at this time."

Superintendent Kevin Dukes notified parents immediately about the threat and told parents Jackson County Sheriff's Office investigators were looking into the situation.
"At approximately 6 a.m. I did another all call letting them know that the suspect was in custody and everything was clear," Dukes said.

Regardless, a lot of students didn't come to school. As a precaution, the superintendent and an increased law enforcement presence were there Monday morning. Someone assumed, and took those assumptions to Facebook. "Then a parent had posted this morning that the school was on lockdown, there was a gun, and that false information caused other students to check out and it caused confusion for other parents," Dukes said.

None of that was true. "These false details being posted out there, it is scary for parents and it's unnecessary," Dukes said.

"If nothing else, call us. Call the school board. Ask them what's going on before you start posting it, because this problem, again, was taken care of last night," Phillips said.

He added they've talked about potential charges for the parent who posted the false information to Facebook. Phillips said they do have the gun the student sent a picture of, and says it's a pellet gun that looks like a real gun. Regardless, he says they take all threats seriously and he thanks those staying vigilant to keep them informed of anything that could be considered a threat.